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by Nil Einne
Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 240613

I tried once more. I fixed fan control on Gigabyte card. I could not find the last missing part, I added my own part (a resistor between the control trace and +12V). The picture I posted earlier: http://www.bildites.lv/images/i1hsisrq0zsjq7nre3.jpg Two places for transistors are marked. The left on...
by Nil Einne
Sat Jul 11, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 240613

I got an HIS 4670 Turbo IceQ based on reading reviews that it was very quiet. At idle, I find that it's too noisy for a quiet PC. I probably should've gotten the silent version with stock Zalman heatsink. You may want to look at the Powerplay states and considering modifying them if you have no qua...
by Nil Einne
Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:50 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 240613

Quick question

Has anyone ever come across any evidence that there's any use testing the intermediate voltages with RBE if 0.9V doesn't seem to do anything? In my HIS iSilence4 4670, I've tried with 0.9V but it doesn't seem to have an effect, the temperatures (I believe idle although didn't actually wait for it to...
by Nil Einne
Thu Jul 09, 2009 6:16 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 240613

I think it's less about disabling features and more about hand picking the best available sample and tweaking the BIOS so that it gets maximum power saving. I don't really see what there is to tweak in the bios though. Perhaps there are some settings we're not are of but it seems to me, the most li...
by Nil Einne
Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:57 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 240613

I have kind of given up on the 'perfect card'. Sadly, no one seems to be able to come close. The 4770 would be awesome if they did some more work on the idle power consumption and maybe take off the 6-pin connector since it only uses ~60w... oh, and being able to buy them anywhere would be awesome....
by Nil Einne
Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Loud Corsair HX 450W
Replies: 9
Views: 4569

7 years warranty down the drain?
by Nil Einne
Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: User Reviews
Topic: Zalman VNF100-HP fanless VGA cooler (pics added )
Replies: 19
Views: 21434

These used to be available in NZ, but don't seem to be any more. I never really looked that well though, was just wondering if the iSilence4 (which comes with this HSF) was worth it.
by Nil Einne
Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 240613

I'm starting to think that the only way review sites can be sure of not being cheated by manufacturers is to buy the cards retail themselves. Actually, there is one other option. Post the BIOS file so it can be compared with retail ones. Any chance of that, Mike? Has there been any actual evidence ...
by Nil Einne
Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:30 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Any thoughts on OCZ ModXStream Power supplies?
Replies: 4
Views: 3650

Eyedolon wrote:I have an OCZ ModXStream 900W that is soon going to be ex-PSU for my system once I can get one that works.

Never going to buy OCZ again.
So the problem is basically that you keep getting a dud PSU?
by Nil Einne
Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New Corsair HX450W
Replies: 52
Views: 25484

CX400 and HX450

Indeed I too am wondering what happened to the CX400 and HX450 review samples. Blew up and killed two systems? Fan was so noisy it made the reviewer deaf? Still waiting review? Never actually arrived?
by Nil Einne
Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Silent Smoothwall
Replies: 14
Views: 11489

Yes I know this is very old but came across it while searching for something unrelated. I can vouch for m0n0wall supporting IPv6 in the latest beta. I've been using it (IPv6 I mean) for several months and it works fine. As you may already know, it can even fit on a tiny CF and doesn't demand much fr...
by Nil Einne
Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Coolermaster Elite 33x series vs Thermaltake Matrix
Replies: 1
Views: 1966

Coolermaster Elite 33x series vs Thermaltake Matrix

Hey all, Anyone ever compared the Thermaltake Matrix to the CM Elite 33x series? They're rather similar in basic design, dust filtered front mesh, fairly small, toolfree disk and expansion card slots, 12cm fan options on the back and front. The Thermaltake has Firewire but the CM Elite appear to lac...
by Nil Einne
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:34 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 103019

A quick question for JayT - Are you the poster otherwise known as Java Jack? I don't think so. I've seen JavaJack all over the place including of course here and he always goes by the JavaJack or similar name. (Usually in relation to the MSI Live DIVA but he always discloses his involvement and it'...
by Nil Einne
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:31 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 103019

Critique of the review

Mike from a brief look thorough of the review there are two critiques. Firstly you failed to emphasise sufficiently that a Phenom (well more specifically HT3.0 or rather at least 1.6ghz) is necessary for full deinterlacing options (possibly other post processing options but I'm not certain of that) ...
by Nil Einne
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:16 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 103019

Is quad core a good choice for a HTPC? The most demanding function for a media PC is probably to record and playback video/audio at the same time, so in our view, a quad core is not the best choice... unless recorded content is encoded on the fly with a threaded application that can utilize the pot...
by Nil Einne
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:10 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 103019

I am not saying that Maui is the only solution or the perfect solution, there are other solutions and a discrete GPU card or alternative chipset is certainly an option. You misunderstand my comment. I am not questioning the utility of the Maui platform. I am questioning the utility of the 7.1 pre-a...
by Nil Einne
Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:30 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: The NZXT Whisper Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 6466

Rare poster, frequent browser. I'm looking at this case for a media server. Its also missing the small details the P182 has, such as the padding between the chassis and the side panels, the silicone gromets for mounting the HDDs or the silicone feet (all to dampen vibration). NZXT has some pictures...
by Nil Einne
Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:18 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 240613

Sapphire 4670 Ultimate (passive)

Hey all, has anyone had any luck using any card in the slot above (from a standard tower case viewpoint) the Sapphire 4670 Ultimate? From the images I've seen http://www.cluboverclocker.com/reviews/video/sapphire/hd4670UltimateHD/page1.asp http://www.geeks3d.com/?tag=passive-vga-cooler it looks like...
by Nil Einne
Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:58 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Gigabyte GeForce9600 on ASUS' M3N-HT Dlx lowest PCI-e slot?
Replies: 2
Views: 1415

Did it work? (I presume you've done something by now) If you're still waiting you could just try it. Since wifi cards are quite cheap nowadays unless you've got some sort of super card why not just get a PCIe one and sell the PCI one if it doesn't work? For that matter, unless you mean a midi card y...
by Nil Einne
Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:10 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 240613

CPU can't access the memory that resides at display card. 1GB on 4670 is a marketing gimmick. Notice: Powercolor returned another 4670 to me and then unfortunately I found the same gentle clicking noise like previous one. I modified Powercolor's bios fan speed control from 38% to 20% at idle, which...
by Nil Einne
Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:40 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Radeon HD 4670: A perfect balance?
Replies: 498
Views: 240613

I would warn buyers against any GPU that can't stay under ~75C under load. Temps much above that are pathetic, both in regards to the longevity of the card itself and for the heat it's putting off into the rest of your case. If AMD/NVidia can't design adequate cooling for a given card, I will wait ...
by Nil Einne
Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:30 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless VGA Cards list -- a start!
Replies: 156
Views: 320848

There are a few passive HD4670 out there. http://www.sapphiretech.com/us/products/products_overview.php?gpid=280&grp=3 http://www.hisdigital.com/us/product2-412.shtml HIS's version has 1G RAM running much faster than the Sapphire card. They're both dual-slot, but the cooler is on the top of the car...
by Nil Einne
Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:56 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Seen Gibyte's Easy Energy Saver or Asus's EPU on AMD tested?
Replies: 5
Views: 1828

ASUS's EPU was a complete PITA for me. Using the P5Q-Pro P45 board, when installed it would repeatedly BSOD on me. Something obviously didnt like being underclocked. In the end i just uninstalled it and have been running fine since. But its unlikely i'll ever try it again. I think both solutions ha...
by Nil Einne
Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:42 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Seen Gibyte's Easy Energy Saver or Asus's EPU on AMD tested?
Replies: 5
Views: 1828

Re: Seen Gibyte's Easy Energy Saver or Asus's EPU on AMD tes

Anyone seen anything of use? Here you go. Sorry perhaps I didn't make it clear enough, I'm only interested in AMD systems. I've come across that before and other reviews showing they help but they've been pretty useless since it's on Intel systems. The implementations for AMD systems have only just...
by Nil Einne
Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:36 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Seen Gibyte's Easy Energy Saver or Asus's EPU on AMD tested?
Replies: 5
Views: 1828

Seen Gibyte's Easy Energy Saver or Asus's EPU on AMD tested?

Hey all, Gigabyte launched their Ultra Durable 3 line for AMD which includes Easy Energy Saver while Asus launched their pseudo AM3 line with EPU which appear to be some of the first AMD boards with such energy saving features, present on the Intel ones for a while. Both require AM2+ or Phenom proce...
by Nil Einne
Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:22 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 103019

BTW, anyone seen a double blind review or something similar of the amp? What would a double blind review prove? Only that it sounds different from some other amp. This would only be at all useful if you were familiar with what the amps it is compared with actually sound like. Furthermore, speakers ...
by Nil Einne
Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:49 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Xonar HDAV1.3 Deluxe: Asus HTPC sound card does Everything
Replies: 68
Views: 31872

That's the ridiculous. Subjectivity has nothing to do with it, either a certain human being can perceive a difference or they cannot Subjective means specific to one particular subject (i.e. one listener), as opposed to something which is true for all subjects. Whether there is a definite fact abou...
by Nil Einne
Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 103019

BTW, anyone seen a double blind review or something similar of the amp?
by Nil Einne
Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 103019

Personally I'd think you'd probably get a better overall experience by using the money saved from going 5.1 instead of 7.1 to get better speakers. Depends on room size/configuration and how much you were thinking of spending on speakers in the first place. Still for normal budgets and normal rooms,...
by Nil Einne
Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD's Maui HTPC Platform
Replies: 163
Views: 103019

The D2 DSP is actually down on the motherboard as well. There are 2 different card options (7.1 Pre Amp) or 5.1 Amp. Both rely on the D2Audio DSP to do all the digital processing then pass those processed signals out to the amp/pre amp card installed. The amp card is not stand alone (neither is pre...